I READ with amusement our southern neighbours claiming yee sang, the Hungry Ghost Festival stage performances, the cries of “Yam Seng” and the Nine Emperor Gods festival as originating there (“They are ours – but Singaporeans claim them” (The Star, Jan 31).
I wonder how they could announce that to all and sundry.
As for yee sang, I remember reading some years back that this Chinese New Year must-have actually originated in Seremban, my hometown.
What next would Singaporeans claim as theirs? Our belacan and cincalok?
I am sure there are many things that we Malaysians admire about Singapore, but when it comes to food I think we are miles ahead with our various races having their own unique way of preparing dishes that fire up the palate.
Most of us love to eat. With such tasty and delicious food around, the temptation is just too great and many overindulge.
No wonder, we have people with serious weight problems.
As for me, I don’t watch what I eat but I try to eat in moderation.
My policy is eat and be merry and not wait for my doctor to tell me to refrain from eating this or that!
To all my fellow Malaysians celebrating Chinese New Year please continue to “Lo Sang” and “Yam Seng” and ignore the frivolous claims by our southern neighbours.
MICHAEL NG, Seremban.
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